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Tottenham considering cut-price deal for Chelsea star as Mauricio Pochettino plans for brutal summer rebuild

Ben Stewart
London, UK. 13th May, 2023. Édouard Mendy of Chelsea gives instructions to Lewis Hall of Chelsea during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.

Tottenham could look to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s summer clearout as they have been tracking a Chelsea star for some time.

Chelsea have been working with a bloated squad, which Pochettino is keen to cut down. In the Premier League alone they have used 32 different players this season.

Pochettino is used to working with a tight-knit squad and he will be keen to establish this at Chelsea. Given they still want to sign players this summer, plenty of stars could be shown the exit door.

Edouard Mendy is one of the Chelsea players who looks likely to leave this summer. Given his lack of game time this year, a summer exit seems likely.

The goalkeeper lost his starting spot under Graham Potter and has only started in nine league matches this season.

The Sun have reported that Tottenham club scouts have been ‘following Mendy closely’ for some time now.

At his peak, Mendy was considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He played a crucial role in Chelsea’s 2020-21 Champions League winning campaign.

Across his three seasons with the club he has racked up 105 appearances. If he manages to rediscover his previous form, Tottenham could end up with a great deal.

Along with Spurs, the plenty of other clubs from around Europe would be interested in the 31-year-old. Juventus for example have also been linked.

Mendy could be the ideal Hugo Lloris replacement

Lloris has been an ever-present member of the Spurs line-up since his arrival in 2012. He has racked up 447 appearances in North London, but now looks set to leave.

Tottenham have been linked with plenty of goalkeepers, but Mendy could be their best cost-effective option.

The Chelsea goalkeeper is under contract until 2025, although he has been reluctant to extend his stay with the club after rejecting a fresh deal in December.

Alan Hutton has been one pundit to question Chelsea’s handling of the goalkeeping situation this season.

“It is definitely a strange situation when you think of the money they have spent on two goalkeepers. You still don’t really know who is the number one. Is it Kepa? Is it Mendy? Are they going to bring somebody else in?

“They are going to lose out on a lot of money if that is the case. I can’t see them bringing back in what they have forked out.”

Chelsea originally spent £22million to sign Mendy back in 2020, but they would be unlikely to recoup that much right now.

Tottenham will be wary that Mendy himself is 31 and while he still has plenty to give, they are also considering a younger alternative.

They have also been linked with the likes of Dean Henderson, David Raya and Gavin Bazunu who would each be younger alternatives to Mendy.

Spurs will first need to finalise their managerial situation heading into next season and then they can properly begin signing the right players.

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